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Near Dark

Year: 1987
Production Co: F/M
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
It was a good idea, a vampire movie transposed to a unique new setting, and director Kathryn Bigelow and stars Henriksen, Paxton and the rest had a good try, but the leads (who subsequently went nowhere) were bland and strangely chaste and the whole thing was pipped at the post by the much cooler and more iconic The Lost Boys.

A bored farm boy chasing a beautiful girl falls in with the weird family she runs with - in reality a band of roving vampires. He has to choose between staying with them and being a killer for eternity for the sake of her love and returning to his family and living his life, but they don't want to let him go so easily.

Everyone has a good time, Paxton in particular hamming it up through the roof for the sake of his character, but despite a strong premise, the hokey dialogue and ironically PG tone constrains proceedings too much.

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